Be smart about fire
While fire is a natural part of a forest’s lifecycle, recreational use and logging both increase the instances of man-made wildfires. The majority of forest fires in Oregon are caused by humans and are preventable.
The leading causes of fires
- Cigarettes thrown from a car or improperly extinguished
on a stump or grass
- Campfires built in poor locations
- Campfires that are not properly extinguished
- Fuel leakage from cars or logging equipment
- Use of fireworks in any forestland area
- Keep your fire at a manageable size.
- Never leave a campfire unattended.
- Always have a large bucket of water nearby.
- If possible, let the wood burn completely to ash.
- Dowse your campfire with water until the steaming and hissing stops. Cover all embers, not just the red ones.
- Stir to make sure everything is wet and cold to the touch. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes.
- Recheck for any remaining hot spots. Dowse with more
water if needed.
Use dirt when there is no water available. Mix enough dirt into the embers until everything is cool but do not to bury the fire.
Learn more about wildfire safety at Keep Oregon Green. This website has everything you need to know about fire prevention, defensible space and landscaping with fire resistant plants.